BobTheGardener


Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Sowing Parsnips

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 19:18

I'm in the east midlands and sowed mine a few days ago.  They take a long time to germinate and have a long growing season, so now is about right in my experience.

Where to put a cold frame

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 23:31

Jane, I have mine in part shade.  If you have it in full sun, that's fine but you will have to make sure you open it on sunny days as they can get very hot inside.

In my opinion, the best base is sharp sand, grit or gravel and a good 6 inches deep.  That way you can bury or part-bury your pots which means less watering and helps protect from frost over the winter.

Identify this please!

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 23:22

Unfortunately, you can't upload to this site from most smartphones (yet.)  The best thing to do is upload to a photo-sharing site like Flickr and then paste the sharing link here.

New Apple tree

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 23:04

Enjoy the blossom RB but remove any fruit if it forms.

Strange weed in my lawn

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 21:24

The first picture on that page (on the left) shows the pollen-bearing 'flower'  It's brown and that's all you see at this stage.  Can't think of much else to be honest.

Strange weed in my lawn

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 21:20

Sounds awfully like Horsetail to me.  Is it this?

http://www.maine.gov/dacf/php/gotpests/weeds/field-horsetail.htm

 

first butterfly seen today

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 20:28

They will come Lucy!

To keep you going, here's a photo of a Tortoiseshell on my Japanese plum:


 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 20:24

Built a new raised bed in the area where I dug up a rampant stand of Kerria japonica yesterday.  Transplanted some comfrey to the right-hand side of the coppiced Hazel, near the compost bins (which is where most of ends-up!)  I call this area (which is as far from the house as I can get) "Bob's Retreat"   The raised planter in the foreground is where I grow carrots.

The top 6" on the new bed is home-made compost from those bins - lovely stuff!

Back to work tomorrow though.

Plant/weed ID please

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 19:28

Might be Ash tree seedlings - any Ash trees near?

ID? Weed or plant

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 14:19

What may work is a photo thread where folk who have identified a weed themselves take a photo and post it, together with the ID.  The problem then comes with people who reply saying "Mine looks similar, is this it?" so tangents are inevitable in a forum format (which is what makes forums so interesting, of course!)  Weed identification is better suited to a dedicated website, like those I have pasted links to in previous posts.  There's nothing to stop a member setting-up a website like that and pointing folk to it, providing they are not selling anything or including their own forum and 'poaching' members from here (which has happened before.)  Just my opinion, of course.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Last Post: 02/04/2017 at 20:01

Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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Last Post: 04/02/2017 at 17:52

'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Last Post: 23/11/2016 at 22:23

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Last Post: 03/12/2016 at 00:32

Gardener's World about to start now!

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Last Post: 14/07/2016 at 16:55

Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Last Post: 11/07/2016 at 17:34

Canary

Hope it finds it's way home 
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Last Post: 26/04/2016 at 18:22

Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Last Post: 01/01/2016 at 22:01

Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Last Post: 19/12/2015 at 21:00

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Last Post: 20/09/2015 at 13:33

Drought

No real rain here for weeks 
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Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 18:41

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Last Post: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Last Post: 19/12/2014 at 16:52

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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